Management Professor Jennifer Mueller Names Five Habits That Inhibit Creativity

USD School of Business Associate Professor of Management Jennifer Mueller

Associate Professor of Management Jennifer Mueller dives into the top five bad habits that hold us back from fulfilling our creative potential. In her recently published article on Inc., she reveals how to maximize your creative potential. Professor Mueller teaches undergraduates and graduates at the University of San Diego School of Business and is currently on the editorial board of Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes

Excerpt as it appears in Inc.:

5 Bad Habits That Are Making You Less Creative

Are you undermining your creative potential without even realizing it?

Most of us want to be creative - and probably much more creative than we are right now. In fact, according to a global study conducted by Adobe in 2012, only 25% of people in U.S., U.K., Germany, France and Japan feel that they're living up to their creative potential. But are there ways that we might actually be holding ourselves back from reaching our creative potential? I recently spoke with a creativity expert to find out.

Jennifer Mueller is a professor of organizational behavior at the University of San Diego's School of Business and the author of the new book Creative Change: How We Resist It; How We Can Embrace It. In our chat, we unearthed 5 bad habits that make us less creative.

Bad habit #1: Evaluate and create at the same time.

Creativity is about imagination - about thinking beyond the possible, and in the process, probably coming up with a lot of crazy ideas that definitely won't work. But without that flow of unrealistic and impractical ideas, it's really hard to have that idea that really could work emerge from the stream of thinking. So don't let your "no's" and "this can't work's" kill your creative process.

Habit #2: Doing too much research up front.
When building a new product or service or idea in a particular area, it's very tempting to get the lay of the land - to see what's out there before coming up with your own version of an idea. And, of course, you don't want to reinvent the wheel. But, to come up with a breakthrough that is truly original...


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